A Santa Fe man is accused of driving around downtown with a shotgun Thursday and pointing it at people while he was drunk.

Santa Fe police arrested Omar Ortiz-Pacheco, 31, and charged him with negligent use of a deadly weapon and five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

He was also charged with driving while intoxicated, having an open container of alcohol and driving with a suspended license, according to a criminal complaint filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court.

Officers responded at 9:30 p.m. Thursday to La Fonda on the Plaza for a report of a man “waving an assault rifle” from a Jeep as it drove past the hotel before turning onto Cathedral Place.

While heading to the hotel, police received another report of the same vehicle driving past Del Charro restaurant on West Alameda Street as someone pointed a gun out of the window.

A woman said she and her boyfriend were driving south on Cerrillos Road when a Jeep drove by pointing a gun at them. She told police she was afraid she was going to be shot and was so scared she began shaking.

Police arrested Ortiz-Pacheco a short time later at the Speedway gas station on Airport Road after witnesses reported seeing the vehicle turn onto the road.

Officers found a black Seylan 12-gauge shotgun in the back of Ortiz-Pacheco’s car. He said he had used it to go shooting the day before but had not pointed it at anyone, according to the criminal complaint.

He told police he had finished work around 5:30 p.m. before going to a friend’s house for drinks near Old Las Vegas Highway. Afterward, he said he drove around the Plaza before heading home near Airport Road and Constellation Drive.

Ortiz-Pacheco initially refused to take a Breathalyzer test, but officers tested his blood-alcohol level at the police station, where he blew a 0.12, the complaint says.

Police booked Ortiz-Pacheco into the Santa Fe County jail, where he is being held without bond.

(12) comments

Donald Apodaca

We dodged a bullet. This story could become a National story. Be mindful of your surroundings at all times. Don't let your guard down just because you think the Plaza is safe. Note: the wolves (addicts) are always looking for easy prey and they know tourists are spending $200+ a night for their hotel rooms.

Bib Kuhl

Omg stop. It was an employed, drunk, gun-owner (maybe a Republican?) being irresponsible. How in god's name do you get from that to warning about addicts? Stop riling people up.

Angel Ortiz


Dan Frazier

Seems like he terrorized more than just the downtown area. Glad he was caught. Hope he is not released.

christopher quintana

Idiots with guns, Nationwide. Not just here.

Khal Spencer

That is a rather bad combination. Someone needs to do a red flag order on this guy while the case progresses. Or, release him on bond with the addition condition he surrender any firearms he owns and not possess any while the case moves forward.

Bib Kuhl

Not gonna happen. Republicans value their 2nd anendment rights too nuch & Republican politicians do not/will not pass laws requiring what you advocate.

Khal Spencer

What you say makes no sense in New Mexico. In case you don't live here and are a troll from elsewhere, most of the judges in this state are Democrats, as are the AGs and the legislature that passed a red flag law. So are you a Russian troll or from somewhere else in the States?

Khal Spencer

We have too many idiots in this town.

Lupe Molina

Ehh, I think its America as a whole, Khal. But that certainly includes Santa Fe.

Angel Ortiz

Absolutely. They come in all shapes and colors.

Scott Smart


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